Drought Tolerant

These species are most often recommended for full sun, fast drainage and very dry sites. Some links below redirect to other pages.

 

Available in 4" (10 cm ) pots only. We currently grow: 
Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood' (Dragon's Blood Sedum)
Sedum spurium 'Red Carpet' (Red Carpet Sedum)
Sedum kamtschaticum 'Variegatum' (Variegated Russian Stonecrop)
Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Woolly Thyme)
Thymus serphyllum 'Albus' (White Creeping Thyme)
Thymus serphyllum 'Coccineus' (Red Creeping Thyme)
Thymus serphyllum 'Elfin' (Elfin Thyme)
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Dragon's Blood Sedum
Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood"

 

Height         6-8 inches (15-20 cm), flowers reaching 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)

Spread        12 inches (30 cm)
Foliage        Green/reddish margins when growing, turns crimson red in fall

Flower         Dark pink

Blooming     Summer

Hardiness    Zone 3-8

Light           Full sun (light shade tolerated early morning or late afternoon)

Moisture      Average to dry

Soil             Well-drained, sandy, gravelly 

 

This low-growing variety has exceptional drought tolerance and durability in hot, sunny locations, and is named for the crimson red foliage colour it changes with cooler temperatures in the fall. It takes on a totally different look in flower, with erect stems of many star-shaped deep pink flowers in early summer. Plant amongst hardscaped areas in full sun, around pools, foundation plantings, rock gardens and crevices in retaining walls. Low maintenance once established, and easy to cut apart pieces to transplant for thicker coverage in time. 

 

Recommendations for growing Sedum

Sedums performs best in a neutral to slightly acidic soil of average to low fertility. The soil and site must be well-drained with no standing water, particularly in the winter. Landscape screenings around hardscaping projects aid in drainage, though they do need some mineral soil mixed in for nutrients. Water once planted but only as needed after that. Do not over-mulch. Sedums are not aggressive enough to smother all weeds, but easy to weed around; they re-establish quickly from light disturbance. Plants can suffer occasionally from slugs and aphids, and may lose lower leaves during extended rainy periods. Shear back to remove spent flowers and renew growth.

Red Carpet Sedum
Sedum spurium 'Red Carpet'

 

Height         6-8 inches (15-20 cm), flowers reaching 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)

Spread        12 inches (30 cm)
Foliage        Burgundy red all season

Flower         Dark pink

Blooming     Summer

Hardiness    Zone 3-8

Light           Full sun (light shade tolerated early morning or late afternoon)

Moisture      Average to dry

Soil             Well-drained, sandy, gravelly 

 

This variety is very similar in habit to 'Dragon's Blood' above, but offers consistently red foliage all season long. Do not overfertilize or growth will be more green than red when actively growing. Flowers sporadically, sometimes not at all.

 

Recommendations for growing Sedum

Sedums performs best in a neutral to slightly acidic soil of average to low fertility. The soil and site must be well-drained with no standing water, particularly in the winter. Landscape screenings around hardscaping projects aid in drainage, though they do need some mineral soil mixed in for nutrients. Water once planted but only as needed after that. Do not over-mulch. Sedums are not aggressive enough to smother all weeds, but easy to weed around; they re-establish quickly from light disturbance. Plants can suffer occasionally from slugs and aphids, and may lose lower leaves during extended rainy periods. Shear back to remove spent flowers and renew growth.

Variegated Russian Stonecrop
Sedum kamtschaticum 'Variegatum'

 

Height         4-6 inches (10-15 cm), flowers reaching 8 inches inches (20 cm)

Spread        12 inches (30 cm)
Flower         Orange-yellow

Blooming     Early summer

Hardiness    Zone 2-8

Light           Full sun (light shade tolerated early morning or late afternoon)

Moisture      Average to dry

Soil             Well-drained, sandy, gravelly 

 

'Variegatum' is just that, very variegated! It is one of the most cold-tolerant sedums available, due to its Siberian origin. Virtually trouble-free, it forms a denser mat of bigger leaves than the spuriums, and beautifully tight foliage and vibrant yellow-orange flowers make a bold statement. Plant amongst hardscaped areas in full sun, around pools, foundation plantings, rock gardens and crevices in retaining walls. 

 

Recommendations for growing Sedum

Sedums performs best in a neutral to slightly acidic soil of average to low fertility. The soil and site must be well-drained with no standing water, particularly in the winter. Landscape screenings around hardscaping projects aid in drainage, though they do need some mineral soil mixed in for nutrients. Water once planted but only as needed after that. Do not over-mulch. Sedums are not aggressive enough to smother all weeds, but are easy to weed around; they re-establish quickly from light disturbance. Plants can suffer occasionally from aphids, and may lose lower leaves during extended rainy periods. Shear back to remove spent flowers and renew growth.

 
 
 
 
Woolly Thyme
Thymus pseudolanuginosus or T. praecox var. arcticus

 

Height         1-2 inches (3-5 cm)

Spread        12-18 inches (30-45 cm) 

Flower         Pale pink

Blooming     Summer

Hardiness    Zone 4-9

Light           Full sun to light shade

Moisture      Average to dry

Soil             Well-drained 

 

Remarkable for its dense carpeting habit and densely grey-haired 1/4" long leaves, this evergreen thyme is well suited to filling in around flagstones, spilling over rocks or edging walkways in full sun. Pale pink flowers appear close to the foliage throughout summer. Will tolerate moderate foot traffic. Not as edible as the other cultivars. All thyme species support bees and small native pollinators.

 

Recommendations for growing Woolly Thyme

Thyme performs best in a neutral to slightly acidic soil of average to poor fertility. Regardless of texture, the site must be well-drained at all times, particularly in the winter or rot will occur. This is why thyme is best suited to sandy or gravelly soils, as hardscape filler plantings, as screenings and thin soils in stonework cracks aid in drainage. Water well once planted but only as needed after that. Avoid mulching plants if possible. Thyme is not aggressive enough to smother all weeds, but easy to weed around; they re-establish quickly from light disturbance. Plants can suffer occasionally from aphids. Maintenance of established plantings can include shearing after flowering or rejuvenation of older, woodier crowns by division.

White Flowering Thyme
Thymus serphyllum 'Albus' or T. praecox 'Alba'

 

Height         2-3 inches (5-7 cm)

Spread        12-18 inches (30-45 cm) 

Flower         Pale pink

Blooming     Summer

Hardiness    Zone 3-8

Light           Full sun

Moisture      Average to dry

Soil             Well-drained 

 

Often requested, white-flowering thyme is an alternative design choice to the standard pink-flowering creeping thyme, though sometimes less robust. Grow in full sun to maintain tightest growth habit. Leaves are a more vibrant green than other thymes we grow. Well suited to herb gardens, filling in around flagstones, spilling over rocks or edging walkways. All thyme species support bees and small native pollinators.

 

Recommendations for growing Creeping Thyme

Thyme performs best in a neutral to slightly acidic soil of average to poor fertility. Regardless of texture, the site must be well-drained at all times, particularly in the winter or rot will occur. This is why thyme is best suited to sandy or gravelly soils, as hardscape filler plantings, as screenings and thin soils in stonework cracks aid in drainage. Water well once planted but only as needed after that. Avoid mulching plants if possible. Thyme is not aggressive enough to smother all weeds, but easy to weed around; they re-establish quickly from light disturbance. Plants can suffer occasionally from aphids. Maintenance of established plantings can include shearing after flowering or rejuvenation of older, woodier crowns by division.

Red Creeping Thyme
Thymus serphyllum 'Coccineus' or T. praecox

 

Also called mother of thyme, wild thyme

Height         2-3 inches (5-7 cm)

Spread        12-24 inches (30-60 cm) 

Flower         Dark pink

Blooming     Summer

Hardiness    Zone 2-8

Light           Full sun

Moisture      Average to dry

Soil             Well-drained 

 

The most popular and widely used creeping thyme for its vibrant pink flowers, moderately fast growth rate and easy care. 1/4" long leaves and dense growth habit are very effective between paving stones, along walkways, around stonework and in the herb garden. This species is useful for edible gardens as well, and attracts bees and native pollinators.

 

Recommendations for growing Creeping Thyme

Thyme performs best in a neutral to slightly acidic soil of average to poor fertility. Regardless of texture, the site must be well-drained at all times, particularly in the winter or rot will occur. This is why thyme is best suited to sandy or gravelly soils, as hardscape filler plantings, as screenings and thin soils in stonework cracks aid in drainage. Water well once planted but only as needed after that. Avoid mulching plants if possible. Thyme is not aggressive enough to smother all weeds, but easy to weed around; they re-establish quickly from light disturbance. Plants can suffer occasionally from aphids. Maintenance of established plantings can include shearing after flowering or rejuvenation of older, woodier crowns by division.

Elfin Thyme
Thymus serphyllum 'Elfin'

 

Height         1-2 inches (3-5 cm)

Spread        12-18 inches (30-45 cm) 

Flower         Pink

Blooming     Summer

Hardiness    Zone 3-8

Light           Full sun

Moisture      Average to dry

Soil             Well-drained 

 

One of our favourite selections of creeping thyme, 'Elfin' is an even smaller, more compact cultivar with shell pink flowers in early summer. Its growth habit tends to mound and billow more than white or red creeping thyme, and is very effective around hardscapes or as a small-scale lawn substitute. Very drought tolerant once established. Foliage is also edible and flowers attracts pollinators.

 

Recommendations for growing Elfin Thyme

Thyme performs best in a neutral to slightly acidic soil of average to poor fertility. Regardless of texture, the site must be well-drained at all times, particularly in the winter or rot will occur. This is why thyme is best suited to sandy or gravelly soils, as hardscape filler plantings, as screenings and thin soils in stonework cracks aid in drainage. Water well once planted but only as needed after that. Avoid mulching plants if possible. Thyme is not aggressive enough to smother all weeds, but easy to weed around; they re-establish quickly from light disturbance. Plants can suffer occasionally from aphids. Maintenance of established plantings can include shearing after flowering or rejuvenation of older, woodier crowns by division.

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Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood'